Whitney Lyman (USA)

Whitney Lyman is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Pacific Northwest, who established herself as a powerhouse of the illustrious Seattle music scene with her otherworldly vocals and deeply moving indie-pop & rock compositions. Endorsed by Gibson Guitar, Mackie Gear, Kala Brand Music, and On-Stage Stands. She has toured across the U.S. and Europe, been on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a featured vocalist with Grammy-nominated act, ODESZA, fronted as a lead vocalist and arranger for Seattle Rock Orchestra, and has also been featured on KING5, KTLA, and NBC Palm Springs. She has played at top music festivals and venues around the world such as Mastering the Music Business in Bucharest, Romania, The NAMM Show, Capitol Hill Block Party, Treefort Music Fest, The Moore Theatre, The Triple Door, Showbox Seattle, the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall in NYC, and The Whiskey A-go-go, and Hotel Cafe in LA. Now based in California, she has created a portfolio of high-level performances at some of the most exclusive country clubs in Palm Springs. Other collaborations include co-writing with legendary songwriter, Alan Roy Scott who has written for Motown, Celine Dion, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Ray Charles, Ricky Martin, Patty Labelle and more. She is currently recording a song written by Steve Porcaro of Toto, and continuing work with Andrew Joslyn who’s recording credits include Macklemore, Kesha, Judy Collins, Leslie Odom Jr., Kygo, ODESZA, Michael Bolton, Tom Chaplin (Keane), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), The Seattle Symphony, and many others. Whether performing solo, with a band, or an entire orchestra Whitney Lyman has the dynamic range to cover it all and captivate any audience into her dream-like world.

Dom a Lloyd

Dom a Lloyd, best known for their rap banger Pwy Sy’n Galw? make their FOCUS Wales debut in 2024!

Musspell (Romania)

Cluj Napoca based, Musspell, are a band not to be missed at FOCUS Wales 2024.

Siula

Siula are an exciting new bilingual electronic pop duo from Cardiff, on Libertino Records.

Ynys

Ynys (Island) is the project of Dylan Hughes, ex-Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg. As a live 5-piece band their ambitious sound palette combines melancholic harmonies over a soundtrack of 80’s sequencers, 70’s string machines, and fuzz guitars. From Aberystwyth, on the west coast of Wales, Ynys released their debut album on Libertino Records in late 2022. An album of off-kilter catchy and melancholic psychedelic pop songs, the release generated a buzz with glowing reviews across the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Brooklyn Vegan, and God Is In the TV, followed up with appearances at Other Voices, FOCUS Wales, and SWN, alongside a long list of summer festivals.

Their unique adventurous playful song craft have led to singles of the week on Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Wales, and live sessions for BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley show, and Amazing Radio. Ynys’ debut album was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize 2023 and work on a new album is underway which is planned for release in 2024.

Half/Time (New Zealand)

HALF/TIME is a Maori centred post-punk band from Aotearoa (New Zealand) featuring Wairehu Grant on guitar and vocals, Cee on bass and Ciara Bernstein on drums. Together they perform emotionally charged songs addressing decolonisation, structural racism and cultural resilience. Their music intertwines lyrics in English and te reo Māori (the Māori language) with heavy riffs and driving rhythms.

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